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  • Disability Rights - ACLU Position/Briefing Paper (Blood on Their Hands)

    12/17/2012 7:31:56 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 6 replies
    ACLU ^ | January 1, 1999
    ...Finally, and thanks in part to the inspiration provided by the civil rights struggles of the 1960's, disability rights advocates began to press for full legal equality and access to mainstream society. Through lobbying and litigation, laws were passed and rights established ... Too many disabled people are still institutionalized, despite the fact that the care they need can be provided within their communities... In 1994, four young law graduates successfully charged that the Florida State Bar application, which required the disclosure of information about any mental health treatment that applicants received at any point in their lives, violated the...
  • Ben Stein's Diary: God Help Us

    12/17/2012 7:30:41 PM PST · by thecodont · 17 replies
    The American Spectator / Spectator.org ^ | on 12.17.12 @ 6:10AM | By BEN STEIN
    Sunday I learned about the massacre at Sandy Hook elementary school while we were setting up at Fox News to tape Cavuto on Business. The news was so horrible that we all felt as if we had lost our legs and could no longer stand. It was such horrible news that it simply turned the world upside down. It still is that kind of news, and it’s incredibly depressing about the nature of humanity. And my wife and I pray all day for the souls of those dear children and for the peace, if there ever will be peace, of...
  • National Cathedral dean: ‘. . . the gun lobby is no match for the cross lobby’

    12/17/2012 7:29:37 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 23 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | December 16, 2012 | Jeannine Hunter and Hamil R. Harris
    For the Very Rev. Gary Hall, tenth dean of the Washington National Cathedral, the Connecticut killings are the last straw in the debate about gun control. At two worship services Sunday, Hall appealed to worshipers to help lawmakers pass legislation that would limit access to weapons. The Episcopal Church has advocated gun control for many years. “Why do we as a society tolerate these massacres in increasing numbers?” Hall said. What does it say about us as a community of human beings that we are willing to put our children, not to mention their teachers, in so much jeopardy? ......
  • Forcing Catholic school to teach “secular” religion course is 'totalitarian,' critics say

    12/17/2012 7:23:43 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 26 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 12-14-12 | Peter Baklinski
    The government of Quebec is forcing Catholic schools to replace the Christian religion with the state’s “neutral” alternative based on moral relativism. That’s how defenders of religious freedom have responded to last week’s court ruling that a private Catholic high school must teach the state’s “secular” Ethics and Religious Culture (ERC) course. Barbara Kay slammed the judges’ decision in the National Post on Wednesday, arguing that it empowers a government to “compel a faith community to jettison its driving beliefs in order to promote the state’s secular religion of multiculturalism; or indeed, in the future, to compel promotion of any...
  • Promises Will Be Broken

    12/17/2012 7:23:20 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies
    TDR ^ | 12-17-2012 | Bill Bonner
    Promises Will Be Broken By Bill Bonner 12/17/12When wealth was easy to identify and easy to control — that is, when it was mostly land — a few insiders could do a fairly good job of keeping it for themselves. The feudal hierarchy gave everybody a place in the system, with the insiders at the top of the heap. But come the industrial revolution and suddenly wealth was accumulating outside the feudal structure. Populations were growing too…and growing restless. The old regime tried to tax this new money, but the new ‘bourgeoisie’ resisted. “No taxation without representation,” was a popular...
  • Victory for Self-Defense and the Second Amendment

    12/17/2012 7:18:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | December 11, 2012 | NA
    Federal Court Strikes down Illinois' total ban on carrying firearms for self-defense outside the home or businessFairfax, Va. – The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled today that Illinois' total ban on carrying firearms for self-defense outside the home or business is unconstitutional. The case involves lead plaintiff Mary Shepard, an Illinois resident and a trained gun owner, who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun in both Utah and Florida. The National Rifle Association is funding this case. The Illinois State Rifle Association is a co-plaintiff in this case.“Today’s ruling is a victory for all...
  • School carnage: Blame church, not God or guns!

    12/17/2012 7:16:42 PM PST · by wesagain · 10 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 17, 2012 | William J. Murray
    "Exclusive: William J. Murray reveals only way to turn society from violent, destructive path "If an individual is not afraid of the wrath of God, it is impossible to cause him to fear the justice of the state. The killing of young children at their school will be linked by many pundits to the availability of guns. Still others will blame the violent act on some pathology or childhood trauma. Some may even blame the Hollywood culture with its disregard for humanity, on which human bodies are seen being dissected nightly on network TV. Virtually no one will call what...
  • How Walmart Helped Make Newtown Shooter's AR-15 the Most Popular Assault Weapon in America

    12/17/2012 7:12:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    The Nation ^ | December 17, 2012 | George Zornick
    When Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, December 14, inexplicably bent on ending as many lives as possible, he was carrying a Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle and several high-capacity magazines. Sadly, this isn’t the first time the country has had to deal with the aftermath of a horrific shooting spree, nor is it the first time we’ve encountered an AR-15 in this context: only days earlier, it was the weapon of choice for a shooting at an Oregon mall that killed two people. Five months earlier, it was used by James Holmes in an attack that wounded...
  • Jim Thorpe Remembered for Generous Heart

    12/17/2012 7:09:50 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    The Sentinel ^ | Joseph Cress
    When “Radio” Gardner was 15 years old, he snatched a football from the end zone and ran out of the municipal stadium in Portsmouth, Ohio. Who could blame him? It was not the typical pigskin, but one that had just been kicked over the goalpost by a sports legend. That same fall, Mary Johnson welcomed a familiar visitor to her family cabin outside nearby Minford, Ohio. The man once known as the “greatest athlete in the world” was there to say goodbye and offer her a football helmet as a parting gift. “Jim Thorpe was one to give things away,”...
  • AUTOMATED BLACKHAWK HELICOPTER COMPLETES FIRST FLIGHT TEST

    12/17/2012 7:05:28 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies
    Singularity Hub ^ | 12/11/12 | Peter Murray
    Does it seem believable that the wars of the future will be fought entirely with robots while humans are safely miles away, monitoring and controlling? The US military is certainly making a case for such a scenario. The latest installation is a JUH-60A Blackhawk helicopter that flies, lands, and avoids threats – all without a pilot.The autonomous Blackhawk’s official name is Rotorcraft Airscrew Systems Concept Airborne Laboratory, or RASCAL, and it has just completed its first test flight at the Diablo Mountain Range in San Jose, California. Pilots were actually aboard during the two-hour test flight for an emergency...
  • Feds look other way as wind farms kill birds -- but haul oil and gas firms to court

    12/17/2012 7:05:06 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 17, 2012 | Barnini Chakraborty
    Lights left on during a foggy night last year at a West Virginia wind farm are thought to be behind the grizzly deaths of nearly 500 songbirds. It was the third time it happened -- and each time, the federal government looked the other way. ... “The playing field is not leveled,” American Bird Conservancy spokesman Bill Johns ... All they do now is go, ‘Whoops, my bad’ and it’s forgiven.” ... The wind sector has had an exemption from prosecution under two of America’s oldest wildlife-protection laws: the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Eagle Protection Act. A violation...
  • Latest Fiscal Abyss Band-aid: Increase Taxes on $400k and Above, Cut $1.22T in Spending

    12/17/2012 6:57:54 PM PST · by whitedog57 · 11 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/17/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The latest band-aid on the fiscal abyss is: 1) Raise $1.2 trillion in taxes, 2) increase tax rates on household making $400,000 and above and 3) cuts $1.22 trillion in government spending. Over ten years, of course. I say band-aid because it raises only $120 billion per year (12% of current deficit) while cutting l$122 billion in spending per year (also about 12% of the deficit). That is a measly 24% of the deficit each year over ten years. Once again, they simply can’t reduce the trillion dollar deficits through income taxes. It must be done through spending cuts. And...
  • Latest Fiscal Abyss Band-aid: Increase Taxes on $400k and Above, Cut $1.22T in Spending

    12/17/2012 6:57:47 PM PST · by whitedog57 · 1 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/17/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The latest band-aid on the fiscal abyss is: 1) Raise $1.2 trillion in taxes, 2) increase tax rates on household making $400,000 and above and 3) cuts $1.22 trillion in government spending. Over ten years, of course. I say band-aid because it raises only $120 billion per year (12% of current deficit) while cutting l$122 billion in spending per year (also about 12% of the deficit). That is a measly 24% of the deficit each year over ten years. Once again, they simply can’t reduce the trillion dollar deficits through income taxes. It must be done through spending cuts. And...
  • DIGENOVA: SAME LIBS CALLING FOR GUN CONTROL WERE CLOSING MENTAL INSTITUTIONS IN 70'S

    12/17/2012 6:53:37 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 20 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 17 Dec 2012
    Fox News legal analyst Joe DiGenova joined Brian Wilson and Larry O'Connor on Washington DC's WMAL to discuss the calls for strict limitations on the right to bear arms. DiGenova pointed out that progressive activist groups in the 1960's and 70's moved to make it much more difficult for individuals with mental health problems to be institutionalized. DiGenova maintains that this is a major contributing factor to the latest spate of mass murder. The irony, according to DiGenova, is the same progressives are now calling for strict gun control restrictions.
  • Haley Names Tim Scott to Replace DeMint in S.C.

    12/17/2012 6:53:25 PM PST · by Amish · 12 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 17 Dec 2012 | Erin McPike
    South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley made history Monday when she announced that first-term Congressman Tim Scott is her choice to replace conservative firebrand Jim DeMint in the Senate. He will be just the second African-American senator from the South since Reconstruction, the only current black senator and the only black Republican in all of Congress. Scott, 47, has enjoyed a meteoric rise in national politics, but he has big shoes to fill in succeeding DeMint. Elected to Congress in 2010 and re-elected to a second term last month, he was chosen to serve on the powerful House Appropriations Committee. A...
  • Surgeons Lose Scalpel in Swede's Nose

    12/17/2012 6:52:21 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    The Local ^ | 17 Dec 12
    Swedish doctors are struggling to locate the tip of a scalpel they managed to lose in a patient's nose. The patient had originally sought help at the clinic north of Stockholm to correct a crooked nose stemming from a previous beating. However, sometime during the procedure, the surgeon's scalpel snapped and doctors were unable to figure out what happened to the rogue piece of metal. The patient, whose gender was not specified in complaint documents filed with the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen), was subsequently sent home, but after suffering palpitations during the night, prompting a visit to...
  • Homeless People Get Cigarettes for Christmas

    12/17/2012 6:49:30 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    The Local ^ | 15 Dec 12
    A charity in Norrköping, eastern Sweden, is donating cigarettes to the homeless and other vulnerable people this Christmas. The charity, called Omsorgsjul - Hemlösa (Care Christmas - the Homeless) has organized traditional Christmas smorgasbords in Norrköping for the past 17 years. At this year's Christmas party, the charity handed out gifts like hats, warm clothes and boxes of chocolate to the homeless and other vulnerable people who attended the festivities. The guests also received a pack of cigarettes each. "There would be an outcry if they didn't receive their cigarettes," Lennart Cederberg, head of the charity, told the local Folkbladet...
  • Fla. Representative Wants to End School Gun Ban(Poll)

    12/17/2012 6:48:24 PM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    wtvy.com ^ | 17 December, 2012 | AP
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The state representative who sponsored the bill that became Florida's "stand your ground" law believes the state should end its ban on guns in schools.
  • AP sources: New Obama offer moves toward Boehner (another episode of 'As the Stomach Turns'?)

    12/17/2012 6:47:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 12/17/12 | David Espo and Jim Kuhnhenn | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has agreed to curtail future cost-of-living increases for recipients of Social Security and softened his demand for higher taxes at upper income levels as part of accelerating negotiations with House Speaker John Boehner to avoid a "fiscal cliff," people familiar with the talks said Monday. Speaking a few hours after Obama and Boehner met at the White House, these people said the president was now seeking a higher tax rate beginning at incomes over $400,000, up from the levels of $200,000 for individuals and $250,000 for couples that were cornerstones of his successful campaign...
  • ODU's Heinicke wins Payton, FCS' Heisman Trophy

    12/17/2012 6:46:52 PM PST · by wolfman23601
    Virginian Pilot ^ | 12/17/2012 | Harry Minium
    Old Dominion’s Taylor Heinicke capped a record-breaking season in which he became the most prolific passer in the history of the Football Championship Subdivision by winning the Walter Payton Award on Monday night. Surrounded by family and friends from his hometown of Atlanta, and an entourage of ODU officials, Heinicke accepted the award as he was accorded a standing ovation by several hundred spectators at The Sports Network FCS banquet at the Sheraton Society Hill. “Other than the national championship, there’s not a better award you could win,” Heinicke said. “It’s a huge honor and I’m very humbled. “I’m speechless....